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My name is Alison Maternaghan and I have been running Kumon Linlithgow Study Centre since 2017. Prior to that I spent eight years working at the Linlithgow and Livingston centres.
Working with children is my passion and it always has been. I strongly believe in Kumon’s approach, and I feel very lucky to be able to make a positive difference to my students’ learning. It’s incredibly rewarding to watch their confidence and understanding grow and to see them progress through the levels independently and at their own pace.
I keep in regular contact with parents to ensure they are kept updated with their child’s progress and parents are welcome to contact me outside of class by text, phone or email to discuss this. Progress trackers and annual formal progress meetings are our two more formal ways of keeping parents updated.
Students are always welcomed into class with a smile and will always leave with positive feedback. We pride ourselves on creating a positive learning environment to boost our students’ confidence and to help them reach their full potential.
I look forward to welcoming you to my study centre.
Kumon is a self-learning programme with each student receiving regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, either in the centre or their online class, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
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